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Bayer Leverkusen lift DFB Pokal 2023-24 trophy; Xabi Alonso's side end domestic season as invincibles

Published at :May 26, 2024 at 1:41 AM
Modified at :May 26, 2024 at 1:41 AM
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(Courtesy : DFL/Bundesliga)

Aditya Chauhan

Leverkusen won two trophies in the 2023-24 season

Bayer Leverkusen won their second DFB Pokal crown after a narrow 1-0 win over FC Kaiserslautern. Xabi Alonso and his team won their second trophy, bringing an end to this exciting season.

The German champions remained unbeaten in all domestic competitions and created a huge history. Granit Xhaka scored the only goal of the night.

Bayer Leverkusen headed into this match after suffering a loss in the UEFA Europa League Final. Atalanta ended their 51-match unbeaten run in all competitions with a thumping 3-0 win. Leverkusen performed below par in that match.

Xabi Alonso named a strong starting 11. Lukas Hradecky returned to goal and was guarded by Edmond Tapsoba, Jonathan Tah and Odilon Kossounou. Alex Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong played as the full-backs. Granit Xhaka and Robert Andrich sat in the midfield for the German champions. Florian Wirtz and Jonas Hofmann supported Patrick Schick in the attack.

FC Kaiserslautern defeated the likes of FC Koln and Hertha Berlin on their run to the final. They had a huge task in hand against Leverkusen. The team played in a 4-1-4-1 formation.

Leverkusen dominated the possession right from the first whistle. Granit Xhaka scored the opening goal of the night in the 17th minute. He found the top corner of the net to give his side the lead. Things were going positively for the German champions but things changed a bit in favour of the underdogs right towards the end of the half. Odilon Kossounou, who was booked in the third minute got his second booking of the night and Leverkusen were down to 10 men.

Alonso’s men were not backing off and tried to stay on the front foot. They kept their discipline to defend the goal. Kaiserslautern were unable to keep hold of the ball for long. The score remained 1-0 at the end of the match.

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